The Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Wednesday delayed the release of official results of Tuesday’s Parliamentary and Local Government elections due to missing original result sheets.
Mec spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa told reporters at the national tally centre in Lilongwe that the commission discovered that it was missing 10 original result sheets from Karonga Central Constituency and three original result sheets from Lilongwe North West Constituency.
Mwafulirwa said the result sheets that were provided were duplicates; as such, Mec asked the officials to bring original sheets.
“We expect the original result sheets to be in tonight if not tomorrow morning. The commission would then sit to look at the sheets tomorrow [today] morning,” Mwafulirwa said.
Unofficial results yesterday indicated that Malawi Congress Party candidates won the parliamentary seats in Karonga Central and Lilongwe North West constituencies while Makhwira Ward in Chikwawa went to the United Democratic Front.
In Karonga Central Constituency, MCP candidate Leonard Mwalwanda emerged the unofficial winner with 6763 votes against his closest contender Frank Mwenifumbo of UTM, who got over 6,021 votes. Independent candidate Mary Nthakomwa got 89, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s Ernest Mwaluhgali got 99 while Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD)’s Nellie Sichali got 13.
In Lilongwe North West Constituency, MCP candidate Mphatso Boti won the seat after fighting off a horde of independent, DPP and MMD challengers
In Makhwira Ward, Isaick Odges emerged victorious.
Meanwhile, Mwenifumbo has lodged a formal complaint to the commission against the outcome of the vote, citing a number of irregularities.
Mwafulirwa said Mec would review the complaint and respond to Mwenifumbo before announcing official results.